WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | There was plenty of wearin’ – and spendin’ – o’ the green at Shipshewana on the Road on Sunday at the Porter County Expo Center.
The twice-yearly shopping extravaganza found vendors and their customers celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style, as many were decked out in green garb and hawking green-colored products.
Kris Kempf, of Kris Kountry Kitchen, sold out of her shamrock sugar cookies early in the day, but Mac McNally, of the Wakarusa Dime Store, still had green and white Luck of the Irish jumbo jelly beans for sale.
“They are lime green and pineapple with a gold foil-covered chocolate coin in the bag,” said McNally.
Both McNally and his wife, Deb, wore shiny green beads around their necks in honor of the holiday.
McNally said the blue and gold Fighting Irish jelly beans also were a favorite.
“There’s a lot of Notre Dame fans out there,” McNally said.
A variety of merchandise, including homemade breads, cookies and snacks, jewelry, purses, clothing, home decor, and cleaning products and implements, was on display at 115 vendor booths.
Julie Lepper, who owns Shipshewana on the Road with her husband, Darrell, said their season runs until the end of April. The Valparaiso spring show entertains 10,000 to 12,000 people throughout the weekend.
Amber Adams, prominently displayed her green Stephanie Dawn quilted purses and bags.
“I put the green out for St. Paddy’s Day, and we are selling them,” said Adams, who wore a green shirt and earrings. “Of course, I don’t mind if we sell the other colors, too.”
Rebecca Hites and her daughter, Kristin Hites, wore green from head to toe to draw attention to their booth of garden decorations and flags.
“When we have shows around the holidays, we dress for the holiday,” said Rebecca, who was pushing St. Patrick’s Day garden flags. “It’s fun to do and it attracts attention.”
Meredith Wilburn, who grabbed a bag of Wakarusa Dime Store jumbo jelly beans with green-gloved hands, said she planned to celebrate later by eating corned beef and cabbage and drinking beer – but not eating jelly beans.
“I hate jelly beans, in all honesty,” said Wilburn, of Valparaiso. “I’m just trying to be nice, so I bought them for my mom.”